Localization: Piedmont, Italy
Tasting Notes: The Langhe Rosso is Luca Roagna's young vine Nebbiolo from vines in Barolo and Barbaresco. Silky, perfumed and light on its feet, the Langhe is a terrific introduction to the house style. Hints of cedar, tobacco and spice are suggestive of a wine that is likely best enjoyed sooner rather than later.
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast: Made with grapes from the firm's youngest Nebbiolo vines, aged between 20 and 25 years old and sourced from estate vineyards in Pajé in Barbaresco and Pira in Castiglione Falletto, this fragrant red opens with aromas of red berry, fennel seed, leather and camphor. On the lithe, racy palate, juicy acidity and firm, fine-grained tannins accompany crushed strawberry, red cherry and star anise. Drink 2023–2030.
Notes: We make Langhe Rosso from our young vines planted in the Paje and Pira vineyards.
Pajé is one of the historic vineyards of the village of Barbaresco and it located in the center of the area planted to vines. Pajé is particularly rich in calcareous marl soil with a high content of active limestone. The amphitheater of Pajé opens onto the Tanaro river valley which mitigates the cold winters and hot summers. Pajé is a small strip of land facing South West.
Pira is a historic vineyard located in the village of Castiglione Falletto and originally owned by the noble family who had a private road that connected the vineyard and the castle hundreds of years ago. Our vineyard sits on the side of Serralunga d’Alba and Perno and is Southeast facing. Pira contains specific characteristics due to the slow disintegration of the rocks of Castiglione. Our family purchased this vineyard in 1989.
The vines for this wine have approximately 20 – 25 years of age. The roots are sourced by used the massage wood system by using only clippings that we have pruned from the Paje and Pira vineyards respectively.
Harvest takes place during the month of October when the fruit has reached perfect physiological maturity. The fruit is placed gently into small containers. Before being made into wine we manually select each berry in order to have perfect fruit.
Fermentation takes place exclusively in large wood casks thanks to a pied de cuve created from our indigenous yeasts. This lasts for ten days and then we use the ancient technique of maceration by splinting the submerged cap process which lasts for at least two months, (60 days). The wine is then aged in a neutral oak barrel for approximately five years.
The Domain: The fine estate of Roagna has long roots in the commune of Barbaresco, having been started very early in the twentieth century by Vincenzo Roagna. Vincenzo passed on the reigns to his son Giovanni Roagna, who in his turn saw his son Alfredo succeed him as the head of the estate. Today the property is run by the fifth generation of the family, Luca Roagna. Luca was born in 1980, and succeeded to the winemaking for the property soon after his graduation from oenological school in 2001. The style of the estate’s wines has been consistently safeguarded down through all five generations of Roagna family members who have steered the property, with the wines made in a very traditional and classic style. These are deep, complex and structured wines that are built to age and handsomely reward cellaring.